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My San Francisco

Photo Credit: Catron Booker

My San Francisco is a new solo performance by Black feminist performance artist Gabrielle Civil.

Civil has premiered over fifty performance artworks worldwide including Black Weirdo School, the déjà vu—live and Jupiter. Her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2017), Experiments in Joy (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2019), (ghost gestures) (Gold Line Press, 2021), and the déjà vu (Coffee House Press, 2022). Each of her books, in its own way, is the performance of an archive—exploring how memory is embodied and personal experience becomes materialized.

“My practice—all of my work—is to create and contribute to an archive of Black women's creative expression. I’m so haunted by what has been lost. At the same time, we have to acknowledge that the archive is not everything … fundamentally, it cannot hold everything. I’m interested in that tension.” —Gabrielle Civil

My San Francisco will continue in this lineage, as Civil considers how SPT’s archive of books, magazines, and poetry ephemera has been a catalyst for her own understanding of San Francisco and found its place in her coming of age narrative. This original work will reckon with literary ambition, the power of friendship, sexuality, and lineage (on the page and in the body)


This performance is the final event in Gabrielle Civil's five-part series Where Would I Be Without You?

Saturday, June 22 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 22, 2024
7:00 pm


The Lab
2948 16th St, SF


A wheelchair lift can be accessed through the center doors of the Redstone Building (2940 16th Street). Contact SPT in advance if you will need the doors to the lift open. The Lab supports Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) through its mixing board. Each bathroom has one stall with a 35 inch clearance at the door.

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Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered over fifty performance artworks worldwide including Black Weirdo School (Pop Up Critique) (2023), the déjà vu—live (2022) and Jupiter (2021). Her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish (2017), Experiments in Joy (2019), (ghost gestures) (2021), and the déjà vu (2022.) Her writing has also appeared in New Daughters of Africa, Bone Bouquet, Poem-a-Day, Tripwire, Kitchen Table Translation, Migrating Pedagogies and Experiments in Joy: a Workbook. A 2023 Performance Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

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